About the company
YOU are an expert, a community member,
a visionary, a conversation starter, a rebel.
You are an artist.
WE are your support network.
We cultivate sustainable creative lives.
Our customized design services, professional coaching, workshops, and Artist Sustainability Network help creative people work independently, not alone.
Rhizomatic Studio produces artistic projects premised on collaboration and exchange that activate the art space as a site for critical action.
We are dedicated to social and economic justice from a grassroots, person-to-person level, and uphold the feminist ethos: if one thrives, we all thrive.
ALLISON WYPER, Founder
I am an interdisciplinary performance artist. I live in Los Angeles, and present my work internationally. I also have over a decade of experience in what I broadly call “arts administration."
Which is to say, I have a crazy resumé.*
Office manager, bookkeeper, stage manager, producer, administrative assistant, research assistant, academic, and sales person at an upscale gift shop. I've been a full-time employee (usually for short periods of time) and a freelance consultant. I've worked with artists, theatre companies, interior design firms, Hollywood marketing agencies, and a women's studies center at a major research university. I do a lot of “gigging." I occasionally teach. And I recently discovered that I love making websites.
After years of struggling with frustrating, unsatisfying day jobs, and what began to feel like professional schizophrenia, I finally came clean with myself and admitted:
My priority is my creative practice.
Being an artist, I, like many of you, am interested in a TON of things outside of the studio. The truth is, I am genuinely passionate about artist sustainability. I geek out about labor advocacy and professional development workshops. I want my friends and colleagues to thrive, and if there's anyway I can help them do that, I want to do it, whether that means hiring my peers for projects I'm working on, or designing a website for someone I admire.
I am personally invested in a healthy economy and ecology for socially engaged creative practice. I don't think of this work as separate from my work as an artist; it is simply another way in which I am working to create the future that I want to live in.
* As of January 2017, I am also Artists Knowledge Manager at the Center for Cultural Innovation.
I've had the pleasure of working with some
outstanding people on a wide range of projects.
Here are some of my favorites...
The Remy Charlip Estate
Jess Curtis GRAVITY
Circo Zero Performance
Eye Zen Presents
Melissa Hudson Bell, choreographer
Mount Washington Craniosacral Therapy
Rosemary Candelario, artist and writer
Mariel Carranza, performance artist
Julian Wass, composer
Katrin Schnabl, artist & fashion designer
Adam Kuby, artist
The Poetry Society of Los Angeles
Rebeca Hernandez, choreographer
Marketing / social media / design
Whim, boutique retailer
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, artist and writer
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, professor, author and poet
David Swift, first time author
501 (see three) Arts
Alamosa Design Associates
VJ Grant Davis/Lumens
Galería de la Raza
Oni Dance Company
PRODUCTION + Curatorial
La Pocha Nostra
Project 51: Play the LA River
UCLA Residency Program for Movement
NOHspace Presents @ Theatre of Yugen
San Francisco Mime Troupe